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Dr Chan says he and Dr Soon to retire soon

Dr Chan says he and Dr Soon to retire soon

Monday, 21 March 2011 12:05
Miri, Mar 21 – Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan said he would retire soon.
He however did not specifically state when, saying it would be after the coming state election which is expected to be held next month.

This is because as party president, he has to ensure that SUPP, a component party

of Barisan Nasional (BN), win as many seats as possible besides ensuring a smooth transition of leadership, Dr Chan said.

“I have stated my case before, and basically I would like to retire soon.

“But the most important thing today is, I as the party president have to make sure that we

win as many seats as possible, and thereafter I will let the party decide on what to do.

“I definitely will not stay longer than is necessary,” said Dr Chan when asked by reporters yesterday whether he would follow Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s footstep.

Last Friday, Taib announced that he would step down soon to pave way for new blood to take over the reins of power in the state.

Asked whether all the party’s 12 incumbents would be retained, Dr Chan said not all would be retained as some had decided to retire including Dudong assemblyman and Assistant Minister of Housing and Urban Development Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck.

Dr Chan, a 74-year-old political veteran, will defend his Piasau seat which he has been serving for six terms.

Other incumbents are Datuk Lee Kim Shin (Senadin), Andy Chia Chu Fatt (Pujut), Ranum Mina (Opar), Dr Jerip Susil (Bengoh), Tan Joo Phoi (Batu Kawah), Datuk Francis Hardin (Simanggang), Dr Johnichal Rayong Ngipa (Engkilili), Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh (Bawang Assan), Datuk David Teng (Repok) and Vincent Goh Chung Siong (Pelawan).

Dr Chan said SUPP would also strive to regain the seven seats it lost in the last state election.

The seats are Padungan, Pending, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Meradong, Bukit Assek and Kidurong.



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